Founder of critically acclaimed, Juno Award nominated punk band Single Mothers has announced the release of his forthcoming solo project The Drew Thomson Foundation. Along with the announcement, “Stay”, the lead single and title track from the debut EP is now available via BrooklynVegan and Youtube/Spotify. In Thomson’s words, “‘Stay’ is a plea – it’s a simple word that can unlock an incredible amount of vulnerability in the person asking it. Unfortunately by the time we have to ask someone to stay, we usually already know the answer. This song is about trying to change the inevitable, too little too late – and having to deal with it.” Stay is a survey of Drew as a solo artist – the songs being a culmination of his experiences focused heavily on family, love, death, excess, and longing.
Having faced his unique share of ups and downs, Drew Thomson has an inimitable ability to tell stories that, while seeming outrageous and not at all relatable, also feel deeply personal to the listener. This side of Thomson has made itself clear on Stay through Canadiana storytelling Rock and Roll reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Matthew Good, The Hold Steady, and Jonathan Richman. Still packing a punch of the charisma that got Single Mothers noticed by Pitchfork, NME, Exclaim!, Brooklyn Vegan etc., The Drew Thomson Foundation lives in a conscious, self-reflective space. This project is intentional and the songs are more mature, telling of a story of a life being lived now rather than an obituary.
The Drew Thomson Foundation’s EP Stay will be available in full on May 4, 2018 via Dine Alone Records. In the meantime, the title track is available now to stream and share via Soundcloud. Tour Dates below.
Apr 17, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB – The Good Will *
Apr 18, 2018 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina *
Apr 19, 2018 – Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar and Grill *
Apr 20, 2018 – Calgary, AB – Nite Owl *
Apr 21, 2018 – Rossland, BC – The Flying Steamshovel *
Apr 22, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt *
May 02, 2018 – Hamilton, ON – This Aint Hollywood ^
May 03, 2018 – London, ON – London Music Hall ^
May 04, 2018 – St. Catharines, ON – Warehouse Concert Hall ^
May 05, 2018 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog ^
May 10, 2018 – Guelph, ON – The Bookshelf E-Bar ^
May 11, 2018 – Windsor, ON – Windsor Beer Exchange ^